Pat Ward, the SUNY Farmingdale professor who was beheaded by her son Derek on Tuesday, had been working to get him back on the psychiatric medicine he needed when the gruesome murder occurred. According to Ward's brother, Reverend Robert Lubrano, they had struggled to find a doctor who accepted Medicaid and could prescribe the anti-psychotic meds Derek needed, but had arranged a psychiatric visit for Friday.
Here's a weird fact about America in 2014: While many people aren't following the midterm elections because they seem too long and dull, a sizable portion of the electorate is willing to read a seven-book series to find out who'll wind up on the Iron Throne of Westeros.
HBO has yet to make a nudity-filled TV adaptation of the current election, but you can get up to speed with Intelligencer's daily campaign recap. In this edition, Lena Dunham implores her girl army to vote, we learn you can still get a newspaper endorsement after threatening to break a reporter in half, and Scott Brown is accused of not knowing New Hampshire geography. This is what he gets for not flipping back to consult the map.
Eric Frein, the 31-year-old survivalist suspected of killing one Pennsylvania state trooper and seriously wounding another in an ambush last month, was captured alive on Thursday. Frein, who was one of the FBI's ten most wanted fugitives, has eluded police for 48 days as he hid out in the woods of the Pocono Mountains. He was captured in an abandoned airport hangar at the Birchwood-Pocono Airpark by federal marshals on routine patrol, according to WPVI. While Frein was reportedly armed at the time, he surrendered to the marshals peacefully.
Earlier this month, New York's Gabriel Sherman reported that before settling on Chuck Todd to replace David Gregory as host of Meet the Press, NBC offered the gig to Jon Stewart. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the Daily Show host confirmed that he discussed the position with NBC. It sounds like it was easy to turn down, though, as one source put it, "They were ready to back the Brink's truck up." "I felt like that was one of those situations," Stewart said, "where someone says, 'We really like what you do. Why don't you come over here and do something different, maybe something you don't do as well, for us?' I can understand notionally where it comes from. News and entertainment have melded in a way. But they would be overcompensating on the entertainment side. That's certainly not an outlandish decision, although I don't necessarily think that's the best direction for it."
"I'm trying to help you with your tax status," the South Carolina Republican joked with a group of good old boys, according to a secret recording that will definitely matter less than the 47 percent tape. "I'm sorry the government's so fucked up. If I get to be president, white men in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency." It is cute that Lindsey Graham thinks he could be elected president.
Three bodies discovered near Matamoros, Mexico, were identified by their father as siblings visiting from Texas. The AP reports that witnesses saw the kidnapping of Erica, Jose Angel, and Alex Alvarado Rivera by men dressed as police earlier this month. This isn't the first strange disappearance in Mexico this fall: 43 student protesters are still missing after vanishing in September — the discovery of a mass grave was found to be unconnected — and the small-town mayor and his wife suspected of orchestrating the disappearance in association with local law enforcement are on the run as fugitives.
Yesterday, inspired by Emma Sulkowicz’s senior thesis project, Carry That Weight, Columbia students left 28 waterlogged mattresses on the doorstep of university president Lee Bollinger — one for every complainant in Columbia’s Title IX case. The action was one of approximately 130 similar protests that occurred yesterday around the globe as students, faculty, staff, and concerned citizens shouldered mattresses and pillows in solidary with survivors of sexual and domestic violence.
Calling all Russian oligarchs, hedge-funders, fashion tycoons, and Mark Zuckerberg: If you haven't already joined the ranks of other billionaires who've staked their claim on One57, the Christian de Portzamparc–designed luxury tower by Extell Development, there's a three-bedroom on the 58th floor up for grabs that won't mire you in countless design decisions.